An Auburn man was sentenced to six years in federal prison and 15 years of supervised release on February 1 for trafficking in stolen property and possession of child pornography, according to the US Department of Justice for West Washington.
Between 2013 and 2019, 54-year-old Alexsandr Pavlovskiy led a ring of thieves in South King County that relied on shoplifters, drug addicts, drug addicts and even Amazon delivery drivers to its inventory.
Pavlovskiy pleaded guilty in October 2021, following a lengthy investigation by the FBI and the Auburn Police Department. According to a statement from the DOJ, during the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said the sentence was prompted in part by “the staggering amount of material stolen.”
“This case highlights the tremendous value we place on teamwork by state and federal law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said in the statement. “The investigation began with the patient and dedicated work of an Auburn police detective, who contacted the FBI. It’s through this kind of teamwork that we can root out all kinds of crime.
“While the stolen property case is what brought us here, the possession of child pornography demonstrates the damage Mr. Pavlovskiy has inflicted on the entire community,” Brown said.
From 2013 to 2016, according to the DOJ, Pavlovskiy operated two storefront businesses that posed as legitimate pawnbrokers – Innovation Best in Kent and Thrift Electro in Renton, the latter also known as Buy Trade and By- Trade – where he managed his employees. to purchase retail items stolen from shoplifters and others.
In 2017, Pavlovskiy bought a warehouse, and from there until 2019 he and his employees sold hundreds of thousands of stolen items to buyers across the United States or to Amazon warehouses outside of the United States. Washington State to sell them interstate on Amazon’s web. They used the US Postal Service, United Parcel Service and other mail carriers to unwittingly transport the stolen goods to local warehouses or to Amazon warehouses.
According to the report, Amazon funneled funds into bank accounts under the control of the Auburn man, and he and others then used those accounts to further the criminal operation.
The company generated between $1.5 million and $3.5 million from the sale of stolen goods, according to the DOJ.
In July 2019, state and federal law enforcement issued search warrants to Pavlovskiy’s home, cars, and business premises. At the warehouse, they documented racks of stolen goods being processed for resale and took a number of electronic devices for analysis. On Pavlovskiy’s devices, forensic analysis revealed more than 20,000 images or videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit behavior. Pavlovskiy used file-sharing software to obtain and share the images.
“These funds also appear to be used to conceal the nature of the illegal activity by making the pawnbrokers appear to be a legitimate business, when in fact the pawnbrokers are front businesses for the conspiracy, and are steeped in fraud and…hardly any legitimate beyond buying and reselling stolen goods,” according to the FBI.
According to the FBI, Pavlovskiy entered the United States as a refugee from Ukraine in November 2000 with his wife and children and became a naturalized citizen in September 2011.